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With the wedding party season approaching fast, we thought it might be time to look into a few ingenious ways in which you can shine this year, without having to splash out on tedious shopping trips. I'm personally dead against the idea that we should buy a new dress for every wedding/party we go to, it's all getting more and more expensive, with presents, travel costs and costly hairdos, mani/pedicures etc. So to illustrate my point, I'd like to explain the different alternatives by looking at the following 5 style icons that have mastered the art of resourceful dressing in my humble opinion... 

P.S. La versión en español se puede leer en el directorio de Slow Fashion Next modasostenible.org

Young Kate - vintage embassador!

Remember when young Kate used to turn heads with her latest vintage finds (+ Johnny on her arm)? Having been a savvy, yet unfussy dresser from an early age, she definitely showed the world how to make an impact without breaking the bank nor wasting hours getting ready. She's even said to have gotten dressed for parties within 10 minutes, true or not, she definitely know how to have fun and not taking it all too seriously! Something most of us could probably learn from... ...so why not set some time aside to have a browse through your local vintage/secondhand and charity shops or organize a swapping party with your friends?   

Holly Golightly - let's accessorize!

For girls like Holly, pretty much every day's a party, so if like her, you've got a nice classic dress stashed away somewhere, why not revamp it by accessorizing? If you're resourceful enough, no one will notice, promise! The bolder the accessories the better, if you can't find anything "borrow", swap or customize...

Solange - surprise, surpriiiiiiise!

Can't find anything you like? Sometimes breaking the rules is the way forward! Just remember Solange Knowles, who peddled to church in a caped jumpsuit on her wedding day looking flyyyyy! It can be a lot of fun if you're brave enough and save you the headache of hourlong shopping trips that leas to nothing. However, make sure your comfortable and do it in style. Here are a few examples of how to do it:  

Marilyn - that dress...

Some ladies just get away with that ONE dress, Marilyn will forever be known for the above and my friend Clara for a show-stopping red number she used to wear to every single wedding she went to when we were younger (it since has been traded in for a shimmery dark green alternative). Admittedly, it takes a lot of courage for some, while others are blissfully unaware of having committed an absolute rule-breaker. As much as I hate this whole "can't be seen in the same dress twice nonsense", I'd only recommend it if you're really cool with doing this. It has to be done with confidence, otherwise you may be better off with one of the other options.

Daenerys Targaryen - it's all about the hair!

Can't afford or don't want to get a new dress? How about shifting focus and make your hair the star of the show? No need to have a mane like Daenerys, there are even cool ideas for shorter hair:

1. Inspo 2. Twist me pretty 3. Daily Makeover

It might be an idea to ask a skilled friend or relative in advance if you don't want to/can't go to hairdresser's or have something more elaborate in mind. People always love originally styled hair and once again, it might distract them from the fact that they've seen you in the same dress before... You could also resort to some extra elements, such as in the following DIY tutorial by our contributor Paula, which is easy enough to make & has a great effect:

Voilà - ce soir on va danser!

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